Friday, September 6, 2013

Compassion and Discipline

Compassion and Discipline
In the last few weeks I have been thinking about the church and how she receives and responds to folks who are struggling with sin.  Primarily my thoughts have been about those who struggle with same sex attractions. First, we have this degrees of sin process.  There are sins like gossip or telling dirty jokes, hollering at bad drivers, fighting with the spouse which are considered common and "not too bad really."  We know they are wrong and we shouldn't do it but "I'm just being human." Then there are, on the other extreme, sins outside that box. Adultery (not seen as being as bad as it used to be), steeling, lying (this can vary in degree from white to black), and then there is homosexuality. For most it is "stop it" before you can even be considered to begin to be a part of the Christian community. We have these definitions, guidelines and degree as part of our process. That is a whole other discussion. 
Beyond that we think of Jesus and how he showed both compassion and discipline. John 8, we find a woman "caught in the act of adultery" (that creates all kinds of mental pictures as you consider the story). Jesus shows amazing compassion "neither do I condemn you" and discipline "go and sin no more." Then there is the "get thee behind me Satan" to Peter - stronger discipline and when you get to the Epistles there is 1 Corinthians 5 "deliver him over to Satan." Read Matthew 23 and hear the strong judgmental, disciplinary words of Jesus "white washed tombs," "making a convert a two fold son of hell."  Then there is John in 1 John 5 speaking of the "sin unto death" and saying "about that you should not even pray."
It is a difficult decision to know where the cut off line is. When do we hang in there with encouragement, compassion and sensitivity and when do we say "enough is enough?"  When folks are caught when we "restore them gently" or "treat them as a tax collector."  Make no mistake, God calls on us to make those decisions. We have the warning that a "little leaven leavens the whole lump." We have to be careful about those who may influence Christians not to be Christian.
So, a same sex couple arrives at church. The bible is clear that same sex practices are not pleasing to God.  He calls it sinful. So, someone finds out, goes to them and says "you can't come here." But what if they are struggling to find out where they fit and if God will have them? Perhaps they have been taught or read that the bible translations are wrong and "homosexual offenders" means something else. Maybe they really do want to please God but they do have these feelings. Given their present state of mind they think they are right and you are wrong and they argue it. Is it "get thee behind me time?"  When is the line to be drawn?  Some say right out of the gate, others say never.
What say you?   More later....Foree


Diane said...

Came across your blog today, and want to share my thoughts on homosexuality with you. Although I have never had to deal first hand with homosexuality in my family, I have often wrestled with how I would respond if it were ever to happen. As I try to do with all situations in my life, I line things up with what it says in God's Word. Looking into what the Bible says, I see two lifestyles displayed as possibilities which meet with God's approval. . .marriage and singleness. Whenever a homosexual lifestyle is talked of, there is also a reference to it being sinful or an abomination to God. Because of this, I can't understand that God would "make someone gay". Instead, I'm thinking many who consider themselves gay are living under a lie of the enemy. . .that is, satan, the father of all lies. Perhaps many who live a gay lifestyle are actually ones who, without a built-in attraction to the opposite sex, have been created to live life being single. Society has pressured them into thinking they must have a partner, and not being attracted to the opposite sex, they feel they must turn to the homosexual lifestyle.

As I said, I have not had to deal with this personally, only trying to sort it out in my mind. We are told to accept people where they are at, but then also "speak the truth in love". Often a challenge!! Blessings as you continue in your "sorting it all out"!

Nguyễn Hoa said...

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Quần áo bảo hộ lao động, trang bị Giầy bảo hộ lao động giúp bảo vệ chân của người lao động an toàn hơn trong mọi môi trường làm việc,
,Bên cạnh đó việc bảo vệ đôi mắt là điều cần thiết bởi vậy sản phẩm Kính bảo hộ lao động ưa chuộng được sử dụng,
,Găng tay bảo hộ lao động vv.
Mỗi sản phẩm, được trang bị đồ bảo hộ lao động như Áo phản quang, Áo phông đồng phục,
cho người lao động sẽ đóng vai trò riêng của nó trong khi việc đảm bảo an toàn lao động
két sắt,
đá hoa cương,
Đá ốp bếp,
đá hoa cương cao cấp,